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The King Tip – Tuesday 16 July 2019



Race 7


Polar Blast

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$4.20  ~~ Ladbrokes to win by 2L+ ($2.10 normal) BET HERE ~~

Jockey: Brad Pengelly

Trainer: Janelle Ryan


Ben Currie’s DQ/fine reduced after QRIC Internal Review

An internal review of five prohibited substance charges for disqualified Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has confirmed the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Stewards’ original guilty decision, but has reduced the penalty from three years disqualification to two years and three months and reduced his $45,000 fine to $10,000.

The internal review decision has reduced Mr Currie’s current cumulative disqualification period to six years and three months and a fine of $10,000 i.e. two years and three months after being found guilty of five prohibited substance charges, two and six months after he was found guilty of two charges of improper action following an investigation into text messages relating to the intention to use an electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of two horses and 18 months for 12 breaches of the rules of racing.

Potential Owners “Knocking Down Doors” for Vacant 2019 Everest Slot


The Everest slot surrendered by Jadeskye Racing & leviathan owner Damion Flower has been put up for tender but will not necessarily be awarded to the bidder who offers the most money.

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Racing New South Wales on Thursday announced that the slot made available following the arrest of Damion Flower on drug smuggling charges would be put to market.

Flower forfeited his The Everest slot for this year’s $14 million race, run at Randwick on October 19, when he was arrested and charged for his alleged role in a drug importation ring.

The high-profile owner had paid the $600,000 for The Everest slot this year and had taken up the option for 2020.

Racing NSW will make no decision on the 2020 The Everest slot until it learns the outcome of court proceedings against Flower.

But it will go to the ‘person or organisation that brings benefit and adds to the promotion and appeal of the race which has captured everyone’s attention’.

Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys said, “The slot has attracted many interested parties who are willing to pay the amount necessary.

“The challenge for them is how they can show that they will bring something unique to The Everest. We have already done a Barrier Draw on the Opera House, so you can rule that out.”

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Whoever secures the rights to the vacated slot, which is just for 2019 with no accompanying option for future years, will receive the right to nominate a horse for The Everest on October 19 and a share in the prizemoney of that horse. The tender process closes at 4pm on Friday, July 12.

Seven of the 12 Everest slots have been taken, with two-time champion Redzel the most recent to be snapped up when taken by Yulong Investments. The slot for tender is just one of five remaining positions in the 12-horse field. The occupied places in the field are:


The Everest 2019 – Slot holders – runners

1.Aquis – Pierata
2.Boniface Ho and Carmel Size Racing – Classique Legend
3.TAB – Santa Ana Lane
4.Max Whitby and Neil Werrett – Sunlight
5.Inglis – In Her Time
6.The Star – Arcadia Queen
7.Yulong Investments – Redzel
8.Australian Turf Club – TBA
9.Chris Waller Racing – TBA
10.Coolmore – TBA
11.James Harron – TBA
12. Vacant Slot (was Damion Flower, now to be auctioned as per story above) – TBA

10 Best Horse Racing Movies Ever: Ride Like a Girl – The Michelle Payne Story

In what’s promising the be one of the best horse racing, if not sports movies in general, ever made, judging off the two trailers that have been released to date, Ride Like A Girl, is set to hit the big screens this September, ride in the midst of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival / Melbourne Cup, in which jockey Michelle Payne, in 2015, wrote her name forever into Australian cultural folklore beccomming the first ever female jockey to win “The Race that Stops the Nation” the Melbourne Cup.

We take a look at the upcoming All-Aussie filmed & produced feature as well as some of the other all time best horse racing movies ever from across the globe.

Our tip for this movie is that’ll it’ll be a classic & a box-office smash!

Transmission Films has dropped a new trailer for Rachel Griffiths’ directed, Michelle Payne biopic Ride Like A Girl.


As a little girl, Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup — horse-racing’s toughest two-mile race.

The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy (Sam Neill). She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream.

But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history.


Directed by Rachel Griffiths, Ride Like a Girl stars Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Stevie Payne, Sullivan Stapleton and Genevieve Morris.

Ride Like a Girl is in cinemas from September 26, 2019.




10 Best Horse Racing Movies Ever Made

NEW #1 Ride Like A Girl ???


1. Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is loosely based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression.


2. Secretariat

Secretariat is a 2010 biographical sports drama film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Randall Wallace. The film chronicles the life of thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973. Diane Lane portrays Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich plays the trainer, Lucien Laurin. Filming took place on location in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and around Lafayette, Louisiana and Carencro, Louisiana. The film was released on October 8, 2010.


3. 50 to 1

50 to 1 is a 2014 American drama film based on the true story of Mine That Bird, an undersized thoroughbred racehorse that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the race. The film received a limited release on March 21, 2014. It was directed by Jim Wilson, who also co-wrote the script with Faith Conroy, and it stars Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane and William Devane. Jockey Calvin Borel, who rode Mine that Bird to his upset Derby win, plays himself in the film.


4. Dreamer

Dreamer is a 2005 American family drama film starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah’s Storm. The film was written and directed by John Gatins, marking his directorial debut.


5. Phar Lap

Phar Lap is a 1983 film about the racehorse Phar Lap. The film starred Tom Burlinson and was written by famous Australian playwright David Williamson.


6. The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion is a 1979 American film based on the 1941 classic children’s novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. It tells the story of Alec Ramsay, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island with a wild Arabian stallion whom he befriends. After being rescued, they are set on entering a race challenging two champion horses. The film is adapted by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff. It is directed by Carroll Ballard. The movie stars Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton, and the Arabian horse Cass Ole. The film features music by Carmine Coppola, the father of Hollywood producer Francis Ford Coppola, who was the executive producer of the film.


7. Ruffian

Ruffian is an American made-for-television movie that tells the story of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame Champion thoroughbred filly Ruffian who went undefeated until her death after breaking down in a nationally televised match race at Belmont Park on July 6, 1975 against the Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure. Made by ESPN Original Entertainment, the film is directed by Yves Simoneau and stars Sam Shepard as Ruffian’s trainer, Frank Whiteley. The producers used four different geldings in the role of Ruffian. Locations for the 2007 film included Louisiana Downs in Shreveport, Louisiana and Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.


8. Let It Ride

Let It Ride is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Pytka and starring Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly, Cynthia Nixon and Robbie Coltrane. It was written by Nancy Dowd and based on the novel Good Vibes by Jay Cronley. The story’s light comedy is centered on a normally unsuccessful habitual gambler who experiences a day in which he wins every bet he places, and focuses on the personality contrasts and the perpetually upbeat, hopeful attitudes of losers.


9. Racing Stripes

Racing Stripes is a 2005 American sports comedy-drama family film, directed by Frederik Du Chau, produced by Alcon Entertainment, distributed by Summit Entertainment and Warner Bros. and stars Hayden Panettiere, Bruce Greenwood, Wendie Malick, M. Emmet Walsh, Frankie Muniz, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Moore, Steve Harvey, David Spade, Jeff Foxworthy, Joe Pantoliano, Fred Dalton Thompson, Joshua Jackson, Michael Rosenbaum, Snoop Dogg, Jansen Panettiere, Frankie Ryan Manriquez, Kyle Alcazar with Gary Bullock and Michael Clarke Duncan.


10. Dead Cert

Dead Cert is a 1974 crime film directed by Tony Richardson. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Dick Francis.


Champion Sprinter Redzel Targets The Everest Three-peat

In breaking news, we are getting the gang back together again! We can announce that Triple Crown Syndications and Yulong Investments Australia have agreed to climb Everest again in 2019 just as they successfully partnered to win the 2018 edition.

The Peter & Paul Snowden trained sprinter has incredibly won the first two runnings of the world’s richest race on turf and in 2019 he will attempt to make it a remarkable three-peat. Triple Crown’s Chris Ward said “The Everest is now established as the premier sprint race in the world and to be fortunate enough to have won this race two times already has just blown our minds.” This year’s edition sees its prizemoney climb even higher to an incredible $14,000,000 and another win would take Redzel’s career earnings soaring past $21.6m.

“We are forever grateful to have had the opportunity to partake in this amazing race, let alone win it twice. The journey and experiences that we have shared with our owners, Kerrin, Peter and Paul and indeed the whole Snowden Racing staff, have been out of this world.” Ward said.

Yulong Investments are a relatively new entrant into the Australian Racing scene but a significant one. They are investing heavily in the Australian breeding and racing industry which benefits so many stakeholders. Ward added, “Yulong do deserve their success and it was very satisfying to team up with them last year and help them achieve the pinnacle of Australian racing. That sort of success can only help solidify their love and involvement in Australian racing and it is only fitting to join forces again in 2019.”


Before you get carried away. No, this brilliant 2yo debutant winner yesterday won’t emulate anywhere close to what Winx did because A) No horse will ever do what Winx was able to & B) He’s a colt so if he’s as good as he looks and becomes a multiple Group 1 winner he’ll only be around for another 2 full seasons maximum after this current season.

The only reason I raise the comparison is due to the similarity of their debut wins…..Check them out:








MAY 18, 2019



1. Booker (15)
W: 56.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$

2. Spright (16)
W: 56.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$

3. Despatch (4)
W: 56KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$

4. Hard Empire (3)
W: 56KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$

5. Casino Wizard (6)
W: 55.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$

6. Steel Frost (8)
W: 55.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
7. Valour Road (9)
W: 55.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
8. Cool Passion (2)
W: 54.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
9. Malibu Style (10)
W: 54.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
10. Iconoclasm (12)
W: 54.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
11. I Am Someone (7)
W: 54.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
12. Inn Keeper (5)
W: 54.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
13. Zalmona (14)
W: 54.5KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
14. Jamaican Rain (11)
W: 54KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
15. Gytrash (13)
W: 53KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$
16. Behemoth (1)
W: 53KG
Best Odds: PICK YOUR OWN $$









WATCH: Maiden at Canterbury Lights Up Social Media Like Melbourne Cup

Race 3 at Canterbury the lowly Anz Bloodstock News Maiden H’Cap set off a wildfire on social media reminiscent to Sunday morning’s Kentucky Derby upheld protest or like it was the 2019 Melbourne Cup being run in May.

It looked a two-horse race on paper and so that’s the way it played out.

#2 Knowitall Jack ridden by James McDonald was a $2.35 favourite and the seemingly only danger to him was #4 Sedgemoore the Godolphin horse ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.

Here’s how it unfolded.

Now that’s as close a finish as they get…..!

Here’s the print of the finish: How can you split them???

It’s a dead heat in my opinion.



My personal opinion on the matter is that that use of such high tech magnification technology is that dead-heats are a thing of the past if amplified enough without losing its clarity a margin will be found every time in the year 2019 which is harsh or the 2nd placed getter, it’s connections and punters.

I think a rule should be implemented whereby there is a maximum zoom in % figure established and one the official print reaches that point if the horses can’t be separated it’s deemed a dead heat. Like someone said it’s got to the point now where horses are winning and losing the race by a single pixel.

Look at this dead heat in Singapore below. That’s rightfully a DH, but in Australia, this same image would have been amplified dozens and dozens of time and eventually they’d have found a margin. I don’t think modern day photo finish technology is fair for all.

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2019 “Grand Slams” International Horse Racing Dates, Champions & Replays




Pegasus World Cup


When: January 26
Where: Gulfstream Park, Florida, US
What: Formerly the richest race in the world, with a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running in 2017, increased to $16M in 2018. ​It’s a 1 1⁄8-mile (9 furlongs) race on dirt and is open to horses four years old and up.
For the 2019 edition, the format was revamped, with a purse of $9M for the original race and $7M available for a turf equivalent.

2019 winner: CITY OF LIGHT

Cheltenham Festival


When: March 12-15
Where: Cheltenham, UK
What: The world’s most celebrated jump meeting is a four-day feast of racing and revelry attracting huge crowds of Irish and British punters to the attractive track in the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire. The festival’s showpiece is the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup, a three-mile marathon over 22 fences. Last year’s winner was Native River.

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner: AL BOUM PHOTO

When: March 30
Where: Meydan, Dubai
What: Billed as the world’s richest day of racing, the lucrative event holds a special place in the Dubai racing calendar and ends the United Arab Emirates racing season. The race is run on dirt over 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs). Godolphin’s Thunder Snow is the reigning champion.

2019 winner: THUNDER SNOW

When: April 6 & April 13
Where: Sydney, AUS
What: The Championships was inaugurated in 2014 as a “Grand Finals” concept to feature and showcase the very best of Australian racing as the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s Autumn Carnival. Held on the first and second Saturday of April each year, The Championships’ twelve races will be hotly contested to determine champion status over different age groups and distances. With a total of $21 million prize money on offer, the stage is set for two days of exciting and highly competitive racing. The feature race of the two days of racing, the “Grand Final” in the AUD$4,500,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner: WINX

When: April 6
Where: Aintree, UK
What: Perhaps the most famous horse race in the world and an icon of the British sporting calendar. First, run in 1839, the epic race is best known for its huge jumps such as Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s and The Chair and is a four-mile slog over two laps of the famous Liverpool course. It’s the race that transcends racing, with generations of people taking a once-a-year interest in the sport of kings. Last year’s winner was Tiger Roll.

2019 winner: TIGER ROLL

When: May 4
Where: Churchill Downs, USA
What: The Kentucky Derby is one of the world’s most iconic races. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt, dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” carries a first prize of $1.425 million. Last year’s champion was Triple Crown winner Justify.

2019 winner: COUNTRY HOUSE* (On Protest)

2000 Guineas


When: May 4
Where: Newmarket, UK
What: First run in 1809, the Group 1 race — the first Classic of the UK Flat season — is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and is run over one mile on turf. In theory, it is the first leg of the British Triple Crown, along with the Derby and St Leger, but the feat of winning all three has rarely been attempted in recent years. Saxon Warrior, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won last year’s race.

2019 winner: MAGNA GRECIA

When: May 5
Where: Newmarket, UK
What: Also held in Newmarket, the mile Classic for three-year-old fillies over turf has been staged since 1814. Billesdon Brook ran out the winner last time.

2019 winner: HERMOSA

When: May 18
Where: Baltimore, USA
What: As the middle leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness is a true test of perseverance. It traditionally comes just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and all eyes are on the race to see whether a rare treble is still on the cards. Justify kept such hopes alive in 2018.

2019 winner: WAR OF WILL

Epsom Oaks


When: May 31
Where: Epsom, UK
What: The third UK Classic of the season and the second open to three-year-old fillies only. It’s been run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards on the grass of Epsom Downs since 1779. Forever Together, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won the latest edition.

2019 winner: ANAPURNA

Epsom Derby


When: June 1
Where: Epsom, UK
What: The Epsom Derby has long been regarded as the richest and most prestigious Flat race in the British racing calendar. Run over a mile-and-a-half, it carries a prize fund of at least $1.9 million, with the winner claiming just north of $1 million. The reigning champion is Masar.

2019 winner: ANTHONY VAN DYCK

Belmont Stakes


When: June 8
Where: Belmont Park, USA
What: The lucrative horse race is open to three-year-olds and is the third and final leg of the famous Triple Crown. It has crowned a plethora of champions since its inauguration in 1853 — with Justify completing the treble in 2018.

2019 winner: Sir Winston

Royal Ascot


When: June 18-22
Where: Ascot, UK
What: With eight Group 1 races and an audience with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Ascot is the highlight of the British racing calendar. Each day begins with the pageantry of the horse-drawn royal procession in front of grandstands packed with the top hats, tails and high fashion. The highlight of the festival is the prestigious Gold Cup, won by Stradivarius in 2018.

2019 Ascot Gold Cup winner: Stradivarius

Irish Derby

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When: June 29
Where: The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland
What: Ireland’s equivalent of The Derby, held three weeks later. Open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, it is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs on turf. Latrobe won the event in 2018.

2019 winner: SOVEREIGN

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes


When: July 27
Where: Ascot, UK
What: Britain’s most prestigious open-age Flat race, the “King George,” is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs. The iconic event has been won by some of racing’s biggest stars over the years. Sir Michael Stoute trained Poet’s Word won last year’s race, making Stoute the race’s most successful trainer with six wins.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: POET’S WORD

St. Leger

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When: September 14
Where: Doncaster, UK
What: The oldest of Britain’s five classics, dating back to 1776. The race for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies is run over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards. Jockey Ryan Moore won a consecutive title on board Kew Gardens in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: KEW GARDENS

When: October 6
Where: Longchamp, Paris, France
What: The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a mile-and-a-half test of speed and stamina for three-year-olds and above, with a prize purse of $5.6M. The “Arc” has been held at leafy Longchamp for more than 150 years — barring a recent sojourn at Chantilly while it underwent a major redevelopment. Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori holds the record for most race wins, securing his sixth on defending champion Enable in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: ENABLE

When: October 12
Where: Sydney, Australia
What: Run over six furlongs, The Everest brings the world’s top sprinters together for the richest turf race in the world. The race’s prize pot is set to rise to $14 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020. Redzel has clinched back-to-back titles since its inauguration in 2017.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: REDZEL

British Champions Day


When: October 19
Where: Ascot, UK
What: The conclusion of the British Flat racing season and the richest purse on the calendar with more than $5.4 million in prize money across six races. The legendary Frankel ran his last race here in 2012 with a 14th straight win in the Champion Stakes.

2019 Champions Stakes winner:

2018 Champions Stakes winner: CRACKSMAN

When: November 1-2
Where: Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA
What: The Breeders’ Cup is a celebration of the very best thoroughbreds and pits US horses against the cream from the rest of the world. The highlight is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, considered the unofficial fourth leg of the Triple Crown, which is often a big factor in deciding Horse of the Year. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt has been in existence since 1984, and the latest edition was won by the aptly named Accelerate. The festival also involves the Breeders’ Cup Turf — a showpiece for turf horses, carrying a prize fund of $4 million with winning connections earning $2.2 million.

2019 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner:

2018 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner: ACCELERATE

Melbourne Cup

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When: November 5
Where: Flemington, Australia
What: Having been overtaken as the country’s richest race, the Melbourne Cup is still the “race that stops a nation.” It’s been a highlight of Australia’s social and sporting calendar since 1861. Cross Counter was the 2018 winner.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: CROSS COUNTER

Japan Cup


When: November 24
Where: Tokyo, Japan
What: Japan’s richest race is held every year at Tokyo Racecourse, with the world’s best three-year-olds and above descending on the country’s capital. Home-grown talent has flourished at the event, with every winning trainer and owner coming from Japan since 2008. Almond Eye is the reigning champion.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: ALMOND EYE

Hong Kong International Races


When: December 8
Where: Sha Tin, Hong Kong
What: It’s one of the highlights of the racing calendar, a fan favourite for decades with $12 million at stake. World class jockeys and thoroughbreds do battle over four Group 1 races on the turf of the Sha Tin Racecourse amid the skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong. The bumper prize money is spread across the Hong Kong Sprint, the Hong Kong Vase, the Hong Kong Mile and the showpiece Hong Kong Cup.

2019 Hong Kong Cup winner:

2018 Hong Kong Cup winner: GLORIOUS FOREVER



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International Federation of HorseRacing




2019 World’s Best Race Horse Award:

2018 Winner(s): Winx & Cracksman (Tie)


2019 World’s Best Jockey Award:

2018 Winner: Frankie Dettori



2019 World’s Best Horse Race Award:

2018 Winner: Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe


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